Airfare should not set you back a ton, as there are plenty of flights in and out of the city. Nonstop flights for a few weekends in May can be had for as little as $150 from New York City, $340 from Chicago, $400 from Dallas, and $175 from Boston. Finding somewhere to stay should be easy on the budget as well, as a quick look doesn’t reveal anything too crazy. You should be able to grab something from a reputable brand for under $200, and there are plenty of cool options from Kimpton within that range as well—including The Hotel George and Palomar Washington DC.
As far as stuff to do there’s always all of the awesome, and free, museums. The Smithsonian has pretty much everything you would want to see spread across several different buildings and properties like the American History Museum and Natural History Museum, and of course there’s monuments and memorials dedicated to the best the country has had to offer.
One can only take so much history without making some memories of her own, so be sure to swing through the city’s trendy neighborhoods for shopping, eating, and grabbing a drink. Dupont Circle is a destination detour, Georgetown is great for shopping, and Adams Morgan is where you can find plenty of the cool kids doing their thing each and every evening. No matter where you spend some time just be sure to check out what Washington, DC has to offer besides the government buildings and tourist attractions.